No lifestyle of the rich and famous is complete without a water mansion aka a yacht. In the world of one-upping, owning the poshest yacht on the planet can get increasingly difficult. We have uncovered 20 of the world's most expensive yachts so that if you, dear reader, are sitting on a mountain of cash and are itching to spend it, you can aim for one of these stunning boating machines to place your name at the top of the list of yacht owners.
Now all you'll need is a jaunty Captain's hat, a plush bathrobe, a glass of wine from a very good year and you'll be all set to sail around the world in style - and be the envy of everyone who sees you! Don't forget to wave to let everyone know that you are actually down to earth even though you happen to own one of the world's most fabulous yachts!
Don't feel down if you don't happen to be sitting on a boatload of cash - you're certainly not alone! On the bright side, you won't have to worry about paying costly dock fees and taxes. Now you can just sit back, relax and read about the most amazing yachts in the world! Bon, voyage!
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20 Lady Moura - $210 Million
Lady Moura is a gal with expensive taste! Coming in as the tenth most expensive yacht in the world, Nasser Al-Rashid, a businessman native to Saudi Arabia, is the lucky man to lay claim to this impressive watercraft. Lady Moura was custom built by Blohm + Voss shipyards in 1990 to Al-Rashid's specifications. 24-carat gold lettering spells out Lady Moura's name on this lovely luxury liner which is 344 feet long.
Staying cool on the luxury lady is no problem with the on board pool with a retractable roof to keep the pesky sun at bay. A helipad complete with helicopter assures a quick getaway while a 75-foot luxury dining table will satisfy even the pickiest of dinner guests. 30 guests and 60 crew members will enjoy the simulated beach among many other unique features!
19 Al Mirqab - $250 Million
Al Mirqab was designed by German builder Peters Schiffbau Wewelsfleth especially for Qatar Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani in 2008. This magnificent yacht is one of the world's largest and has been called "the second most beautiful yacht in the world."
Ten suites with private bathrooms, living rooms, and double bedrooms see to it that up to 24 guests can comfortably sleep and rest to perfection in the second most beautiful yacht in the world. 55 rooms also exist on board to house the crew members. Movie lovers will delight in the fact that an on board cinema offers the finest movie-watching-on-the-water experience possible.
18 Dilbar - $256 Million
Dilbar was named after the yacht owner's mother's name. The owner, Russian government official Alisher Usmanov, commissioned Lürssen Yachts to build this superyacht in 2008. Being a superyacht, it measures at 360.89 feet long and has been named as one of the world's largest boats.
We are told that Dilbar is frequently used by its billionaire owner to visit the private islands that he owns. With him, he can take 20 lucky guests and 48 crew members. Dilbar has not just one but two swimming pools as well as not just one but two helipads among many other luxuries. It wouldn't be a bad thing to become chummy with Usmanov.
17 Al Said - $300 Million
Lürssen Yachts strikes again! This time, the Sultan of Orman, Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, had the yacht builders create this magnificent watercraft for him. The luxury private yacht, named after the man it was built for, has a concert hall on board which can hold a 50-piece orchestra. Talk about extravagant!
It can hold up to a whopping 70 guests and a crew of 154. The Sultan had this yacht built in 2007 and 2008 and upon completion, it was officially named "the world's second largest yacht." And is it the world's only yacht that can accommodate a 50-piece orchestra? That remains to be seen on this list...
16 Motor Yacht A - $323 Million
A more appropriate name for Motor Yacht A might have been Ocean Starship A. But Motor Yacht A it is! The super sleek design of the 400-foot-long luxury ocean liner attracts attention right away. It was designed by Blohm + Voss especially for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko and his wife, Aleksandra. As splendid the outside is to look at, the inside does not disappoint.
The liner's interior offers 24,000 square feet of housing including a 2,500 square foot master bedroom. You can party on the water in this incredible yacht with Motor Yacht A's very own dance club. For guests lucky enough to stay aboard Motor Yacht A, there are six guest suits which, thanks to moving walls, can be enlarged to four staterooms if the guest list decreases. One of three swimming pools has a glass bottom and sits over the dance club. Party on!
15 Dubai - $350 Million
Dubai may not have an original name but it does have an original story. It took not just one of the world's greatest yacht builders but two to create this masterpiece. Blohm + Voss and Lürssen Yachts teamed up for this beauty. The joint shipyard project was commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei more than 10 years before 2006 when the ship was launched.
It was then acquired by Platinum Yachts for His Highness Sheik Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. His Highness is responsible for the over-the-top extravagantly designed interior. Besides a decked our interior that would make anyone's jaw drop, the Dubai features many sunbathing areas, many jacuzzis and a spiral glass staircase that change color. Go big or go home!
14 Azzam - $650 million
Shazam! Lürssen Yachts really outdid themselves with this beauty, Azzam. This luxury ocean liner was recently built for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi. It might have cost a cool $650 million but we suspect that the Sheikh feels that he got every penny's worth of this amazing custom-designed yacht.
Azzam is the world's fourth most expensive luxury yacht. Lürssen Yachts said that Azzam is “the most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built.” If you have seen any part of this list, you will quickly understand that is no easy feat! Also impressive is the fact that at 590 feet long, Azzam is still able to reach speeds of 35 miles per hour setting it apart for being a yacht with one of the fastest reaching speeds in the world.
13 Streets Of Monaco - $1.1 Billion
The term "wow factor" does not even begin to touch this amazing floating city. Streets of Monaco was modeled after a section of Monte Carlo on 500 feet of the superyacht. Smaller reproductions of the Monte Carlo Casino plus racetrack, Hotel de Paris, Cafe de Paris, La Rascasse and the Loews Hotel. Swimming pools and tennis courts await the lucky sixteen guests who get to stay in the seven guest suites of Streets of Monaco.
All guest suites have accompanying reception rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms and balconies all located in the Atrium, the crown jewel of Streets of Monaco. A luxury penthouse that has 3 stories and is over 4,800 square feet is saved for the owner of the Streets of Monaco. A unique café-bar boasting underwater views, helicopters, and submarines. Sound too good to be true? Your heart may break a bit when you learn that Streets of Monaco is still waiting to be built... but as soon as someone shows interest and pays up, it will become a reality thanks to Opulent Yacht (for the exterior) and Filthy Rich Boaters (for the interior).
12 Eclipse - $1.5 Billion
The Eclipse is said to be the second most expensive yacht in the world, its price tag a bit murky but the cost is expected to be around $800,000 to $1.5 billion by Blohm + Voss of Hamburg. It measures 536 feet long which earns it another second title, the second largest yacht in the world. 24 guest cabins, a choice of two swimming pools and several jacuzzis dot this massive yacht.
For quick getaways, there are two helipads with helicopters, three launch boats plus a mini-submarine. If you want to talk about safety, the owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, has thought of everything. A missile defense system, armor, and bulletproof windows plus a sweeping laser system which prevents flying pesky paparazzi from taking photos assure a safe and relaxing journey.
11 History Supreme - $4.5 Billion
The History Supreme boasts an impressive name but don't worry. This superyacht has no problem whatsoever living up to its name. It is, after all, the world's most expensive yacht. An astounding $4.5 billion dollars later, a Malaysian businessman who wishes to remain anonymous, will go down in history (at least for the time being) as the priciest yacht on the planet so the name is quite fitting.
Perhaps the yacht's owner would like to stay anonymous due to the fact that solid gold and platinum were among the main materials used to build this incredible craft. If you think that's impressive, check out the master bedroom which features a statue made from meteorite rock and Tyrannosaurus Rex bones! UK designer Stuart Hughes took over 3 years to build this 100-foot supreme superyacht.
10 Octopus - $200 Million
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen spent a cool $200 million for the magnificent 414-foot yacht cleverly named the Octopus. Boasting a total of 41 suites, this is the ultimate entertainer's paradise. Imagine putting up forty of your closest friends and their plus ones in their very own suites not just rooms aboard a luxury yacht.
Of course, when Allen's guests get tired of catching up on R & R in their incredible suites, there's the large pool, movie theater, basketball court and if any of the guests feel a song coming on, a recording studio. Recording an album on the open seas sounds like a pretty fanciful idea to us! What superyacht would be complete with not just one but two helicopters?
9 The Serene Yacht - $560 Million
Mohammed bin Salman also known as the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is the proud owner of the Serene, the largest yacht to have ever launched into Italian waters. The Serene was created by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri, in August 2011 for Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler for $330 million. In the summer of 2014, Bill Gates leased the yacht for $5 million per week.
Those are some expensive weeks! Just one year later, while vacationing in the south of France, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bought the vessel for approximately 500 million Euros. The Serene is one of the 10 largest yachts in the world with an overall length of slightly over 439 feet.
8 The Rising Sun - $590 Million
David Geffen, a billionaire entertainment mogul, and 18 of his lucky guests, can rest and entertain themselves comfortably aboard the Rising Sun which has an in-house basketball court. Earlier this year, Geffen hosted the Obamas on the Rising Sun. When the Rising Sun was first christened, it was co-owned by Geffen and Larry Ellison, who founded Oracle.
Apparently, 454 feet of fun was not enough for the co-owners because now, the superyacht is all Geffen's. The yacht was first built for Ellison in 2004 but after Geffen fell in love with it, it was game over. This large beauty currently holds rank as the 11th largest yacht in the world.
7 Seven Seas - $200 Million
There are seven suites aboard the Seven Seas which is quite fitting. 12 lucky guys and gals can pamper themselves to their hearts' delight in the deluxe cabins of this superyacht. When pampering becomes a bore, there's no need to worry about feeling restless. The Seven Seas offers many opportunities for activities galore.
A movie theater, infinity pool, full-size gym and helipad for great escapes ensure that oceanic explorers make the most of their cruising experience. While amazing in every way, this superyacht apparently was not super enough for filmmaker Steven Spielberg who sold the 282-foot vessel in 2015 because he "needed a bigger boat." While trying to find a seller, Spielberg decided to charter out his yacht for $1.2 million a month.
6 Superyacht A - $323 Million
This incredible watercraft would likely impress any millionaire out there since this superyacht is owned by a Russian billionaire and is decked out with accommodations that would have an heiress turning green with jealousy. Not one, not two but three swimming pools are built into this yacht for some serious parties - or for those guests who enjoy and value their space.
Keep that in mind when you imagine the master suite which can comfortably accommodate six people. For those who really value their space, there are two small boats aboard should you choose to abandon the superyacht in favor of exploring open waters - of heading back to shore. Ah, solitude!
5 Sailing Yacht A - $450 Million
Russian industrialist Andrey Melnichenko is the very lucky duck who owns this luxury sail-assisted motor yacht named "Sailing Yacht A." (Is anyone else wondering where the Yachts with "B" names are?)
Launched in 2015 after being carefully constructed in Kiel, Germany by yacht designer Philippe Stark, Sailing Yacht A made a big splash by having a propulsion system that consists of a variable-speed hybrid powerplant with two lineshaft controllable-pitch propellers. Sailing Yacht A is also known for being considerably taller than the Statue of Liberty. At 143 meters long, this superyacht is the 8th longest in the world.
4 Christina O. - $32.4 Million
After seeing all of these super priced yachts, you may feel like scoffing at the "mere" price tag of $32.4 million for Christina O. but her history is priceless! It all started in 1954 when Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis purchased a former Canadian naval vessel and transformed her into a fantasy wonderland on the water enjoyed by the finest celebrities at the time.
Names like John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, just to name a few, all had a ball aboard Christina O. But then again, with a massage room, beauty salon, full library, sports lounge, extravagant dining room and dance floor, who wouldn't have a ball?
3 Acury SSY 125 - $220 Million
The Acury SSY 125 is a concept as of right now. It is set for release next year and boasts an astonishing 410 feet of superyacht to house even those who require wide, open spaces while sailing from sea to shining sea.
It's said that the Acury SSY 125, when built, will be large enough to fit as many people as an apartment complex can fit. So if you are one of the buyers on this list, you won't have to worry about making friends feel left out at your next yacht party. A helipad allows guests to arrive (and leave) in style.
2 Jubilee Yacht - $310 Million
Now here's a yacht with a very fitting name. The Jubilee has a pool, built-in aquarium, a lounge area that is more like a restaurant with a bar and dining table and not just one but two impressive balconies to properly take in those breathtaking views.
The Jubilee is 360 feet long, can comfortably fit 76 guests, was designed by Igor Lobanov and built by Oceanco. In fact, the Jubilee is the largest yacht ever built by Oceanco. For just $310 million, the Jubilee is less than a dollar per square foot! That is a lot of feet, however.
1 Sea Hawk Concept - $103 Million
The Sea Hawk is a concept right now but what a beautiful concept it is! Once built, the Sea Hawk will be environment-friendly since it is equipped with an electric mode and its diesel tanks will be specially positioned so that they do not leak in case of an accident or a crash of some sort.
Among many things, the Sea Hawk offers three kinds of propulsion for those who have a need for speed and those who have a need for silence. The yacht's electric mode will provide low noise levels and fewer vibrations for increased passenger comfort. For the Captain's comfort, the yacht will offer a remote monitoring system which will keep a close watch on the engine systems and all machinery.
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